By Jennie Bristow.
Next year, 2018, will mark the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote. It was a qualified right, restricted to a particular section of women, but a crucial step forwards in the fight for women’s equality, leading quickly to the extension of suffrage in 1928. And look where we are now.
Over the Michaelmas term of this past academic Dr. Harshad Keval was on sabbatical. While he was missed by staff and students, he has certainly put the time to good use. He’s currently seeing the fruits of his academic labours which, unlike Sisyphus’, are paying off! Harshadhas spent his time writing a manuscript for publication with Palgrave on South Asians, health and constructions of risk amongst diabetes patients and he has also explored these themes his recent peer-reviewed papers.
He has a paper on discursive construction of risk amongst diabetes patients published in New Genetics & Society, arguing that contemporary medical perceptions and patterns of diagnosis demonstrate a radicalised understanding ‘genes’ and racial phenotypes, making South Asians victims of a discourse of belonging to medically ‘risky cultures’. And Harshad has continued to explore this radicalised understanding of health in contemporary medicine in another paper, co-authored with Asesha Morjaria-Keval in Religions, on Sikh spirituality and its alternative knowledges on alcohol recovery.
Alongside these empirically informed and theoretically situated articles on race, medicine and the handling of radicalised experience health services, Harshad has extended his work into the world of policy debate and public polemic, writing a guest editorial on the ‘magical disappearance’ of race from contemporary clinical psychology, published in Diversity and Equality in Health and Care as well as a paper charting the debates around multi-culturalism and inter-culturalism and the absence of race and class, published in New Diversities.